Common Causes of Constipation
Poor dietary habits are most common causes of constipation. Sometimes, not drinking enough water can lead to constipation. Water increases lubrication, which allows your stool to pass more easily. Dairy products and excessive use of laxatives can also make your stool harder to pass. A chaotic diet, or one that includes foods high in fat and sugar, can also lead to constipation. Not consuming enough fiber can also lead to constipation, as fiber allows more water to remain in your stool, which makes it larger, softer and easier to pass. Insufficient exercise is another common cause of constipation because it can cause your stool to pass too slowly through your digestive system.
Certain neurological conditions can also be an underlying cause of constipation because of their effect on the bowel's nerve system. Certain diseases have also been known to cause constipation including Parkinson's disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, stroke, thyroid disease, lupus, and irritable bowel syndrome. Medications can also be a culprit behind constipation. For example, antacids contain calcium and aluminum, which has been proven to cause constipation. Antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and blood pressure medications have also been known to cause constipation.
Another common cause of constipation is neglecting to go when you feel the urge. Holding your stool in can impact your bowel, which can make it harder to go. Extreme stool holding, 2-3 weeks or more, can be fatal, as the enlarged bowel can shift around and compress other organs in the body.